Mobilizing the Green Imagination: An Exuberant Manifesto

Mobilizing the Green Imagination: An Exuberant Manifesto

by Anthony Weston
     
 

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ELEGANT AND AUDACIOUS POSSIBILITIES
THAT PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF CONTEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTALISM

Weston's "Mobilizing the Green Imagination" stands to become a critical component of the spectrum of ecological perspectives that signal the next stage of our collaborative evolution.David McConville, President, The Buckminster Fuller Institute

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ELEGANT AND AUDACIOUS POSSIBILITIES
THAT PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF CONTEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTALISM

Weston's "Mobilizing the Green Imagination" stands to become a critical component of the spectrum of ecological perspectives that signal the next stage of our collaborative evolution.David McConville, President, The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The perfect antidote to pessimistic “gloom and doom” scenarios, Mobilizing the Green Imagination invites us to radically remake environmentalism from the inside out. Philosophical provocateur Anthony Weston urges us to move beyond ever more desperate attempts to “green” the status quo, toward entirely different and far more inviting ecological visions including:

Adaptation with attitude – cities that welcome the rising waters
Life after transportation – decentralized work, inventive infill and self-sufficient micro-communities to facilitate life in place
A Great Second Chance – moving beyond exploitation of the whole natural world
A cosmic ecology – why not a green space program?

These postcards from beyond the leading edge of today’s green thinking are bold, audacious, extravagantly hopeful and profoundly inspiring. Nothing less than a complete reinvention of contemporary environmentalism, Mobilizing the Green Imagination belongs in the back pocket of anyone who dares to dream of a brighter future and a better world.

A refreshing perspective for reinventing a livable future… Weston invites us to think “outside the box” and re-connect with what has meaning and purpose. — Andrés R. Edwards, author of Thriving Beyond Sustainability and The Sustainability Revolution

Weston advocates a burst of extravagant thinking with the goal of truly transforming the relationship between person and planet. — Christopher Preston , author of Saving Creation and Grounding Knowledge

Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Elon University in North Carolina, where he teaches Ethics, Environmental Studies, and "Millennial Imagination." He is author of twelve other books, including How to Re-Imagine the World and Back to Earth, as well as many articles on ethics, critical thinking, education and contemporary culture.

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A refreshing perspective for reinventing a livable future. Weston challenges us to expand our imagination to create a better world— one based on practical and equitable approaches for devising new solutions. This book describes alternative ways to frame the challenges before us and move forward with audacity and courage. Weston invites us to think “outside the box” and re-connect with what has meaning and purpose.
---Andrés R. Edwards, Author, Thriving Beyond Sustainability and The Sustainability Revolution

In Mobilizing the Green Imagination, the uncommon sense that has established Anthony Weston as one of the most persuasive and unfettered voices in environmental philosophy catches fire. Incandescent with hope, this manifesto delights in an excess of technological and moral possibility, without trivialising the challenges to be faced. Leaving diatribe and doomsaying to one side and technocratic myopia to the other, Weston moves in wild leaps of imagination that enlarge the field of environmentalist practice and theory. The result is a vision of sustaining futures that are provokingly unfamiliar from a visionary who embraces our wounded world with rare empathy.
---Aidan Davison – University of Tasmania

Anthony Weston’s new book Mobilizing the Green Imagination lives up to its subtitle as “An Exuberant Manifesto.” As he writes in the opening pages of this wonderful book, far too often people concerned for Nature and the Earth’s ecosystems get tarred with a brush of depression as bearers of bad news and denial. He shows how those supporting deep changes can sing songs that are positive and joyful in their messages and actions. Weston’s earlier works led him logically and spiritually to this joyful manifesto. His earlier essay on “Multicentrism” is brilliant in its depth and application to contemporary life on Earth. Mobilizing the Green Imagination explores creative alternatives to solving a wide range of problems to meet our multiple challenges. From revisioning recycling, building design and on to communicating with other beings on land and Sea, Weston’s skillful verve demonstrates the possibilities and reality for Green creativity. He enlivens our awareness to practices that harmonize with the Earth, and its great diversity of cultures, communities and life forms. These are great and inspiring explorations of a new green spirit from a scholar and teacher, who acts, walks and sings his insights. He takes readers from the tiny and local, to the regional, global and cosmic.
---Dr. Alan Drengson is Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria, and author of Beyond Environmental Crisis, Practice of Technology and Wild Way Home.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865717091
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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